March 01, 2020

Robin Frey

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Yogurt Frosting

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A lot of our juice business clients ask us how they can put all of their leftover dry juice pulp / pomace to use in some way other than composting. Some of our clients have gotten creative by making dehydrated snacks. This recipe was created in the Goodnature Innovation Kitchen by our chef and consultant, Ari.

In this particular recipe we used the leftover pulp from a juice blend that included carrot, apple, lemon, and ginger, but you could use pulp from any sweet or semi-sweet carrot juice blend and it will likely be delicious. You may have to experiment a bit with the ingredients if your specific juice recipe doesn’t lend as well to carrot cake.

We made these into cupcakes, but you could bake them into a cake or a loaf, you will just need to extend the baking time.

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Holly

I used 1/2 cup coconut oil in place of the 1/2 cup apple sauce and a mix of carrot, apple and beet pulp left over from juicing and really liked them. I had wondered about reduced the sugar a bit since I do for a lot of baking recipes, but the cupcakes were nice and not over sweet with the full cup, more on the muffin end of the scale vs a sweet cake. I might reduce by 1/8cup next time, but they were very good on the first try.

Oct 29, 2022
glenda crook

Just wondering if I can use millet flower with this recipie on the carrot muffins with the pulp, I can not do any flours nor grains that have lectins,also I did try to print this recipie can you please send to my email or a PDF , I am slowly wasting away from melnutrtion because of seveer gut issues, attoimune allergic to everything , I would really like to try this but some ingredients I can not do,thinking about also using zuccini , looks so yummy, thanks

Mar 14, 2022
Ari Sexner

Hello, Millet flour can be subbed in with the same amount replacing the flour. Zucchini pulp will work great with it as well. Hope you enjoy it.

Mar 14, 2022
Paige

Let me start out by saying, Thank you for sharing this recipe! I recently started juicing carrots and had the idea that I needed to create something with the leftover pulp (just too much to waste), so I went online and discovered this awesome recipe. My first time baking was over the weekend; they were delicious! #cupcakesarelife #happyhousehold #thankyou

Aug 24, 2021
Robin Frey

So glad you liked it, thank you for sharing Paige! 😄

Aug 24, 2021
Anusha Moturi

Hi. I tried this recipe yesterday with certain changes. I had a mixed pulp of beetroot, carrot and pomegranate. I also added some soaked dates to it. I did not have apple sauce so I used equal quantity of mashed banana. I read that we need to use mashed bananas along with some water to be equal to the apple sauce. But I was apprehensive so I added like 2 spoons of water. I dont have an oven so I made this in an instant pot for 30 mins initially. but the knife was sticky. so I kept putting it back for 10 mins. yet after an hour, the batter is still too mushy, sticky and soft. I dont know where I went wrong. Can you please tell me what i did incorrectly? 😒

May 22, 2021
Robin Frey

Hi Anusha, Sorry to hear you were not able to make it work with all of those changes! I don't think the pulp was the issue, maybe the bananas and water? Or the instant pot? Unfortunately I am not familiar with instant pot so I cannot make any recommendations there. But it does sound like the batter was too wet?

May 24, 2021
Jacqueline Santos

These are the absolute best carrot cupcakes! I wasn’t sure what to do with the carrot pulp from juicing so I looked up a recipe and found this helpful one. They are so moist and not so sweet, which is how I prefer them. I’ve made several dozen muffins and a loaf with walnuts. This recipe is definitely a keeper! Only problem was the frosting, I used oat milk and extra cream cheese for the frosting but it came out too thin. Im not sure how to thicken it.

Dec 31, 2020
Robin Frey

Hi Jacqueline, Glad to hear you like the cupcakes! As far as the frosting goes, if you want it thicker, I would try using less oat milk. While mixing, add the milk to the other ingredients a little at a time until you reach the desired consistency! Hope this helps 😄

Dec 31, 2020
Chris

I substituted applesauce with drained crushed pineapple. And I made my frosting with cream cheese, milk, butter, and powder sugar. Taste Great!

Oct 30, 2020
Charlie Wettlaufer
Oct 16, 2020
Antoinette Habets

What is a substitute for coconut cream, coconut milk, coconut if you cannot use those products?

Oct 4, 2020
Robin Frey

Hi Antoinette, For this recipe, you can use any other type of milk. My choice would be oat milk because I think the flavor would work great, but you could use rice milk, soy milk or your favorite type of milk. If you are looking to substitute coconut cream for another recipe, I would try using greek yogurt (if you are ok with dairy) or cashew cream (if you are ok with nuts).

Oct 5, 2020
Megan Dant

Hello! I used your recipe yesterday and it turned out so yummy! I didn't have baking soda so I used 3 tsp baking powder. I also didn't have any cinnamon or applesauce so I used clove and strawberry yogurt (all I had haha). I also brewed and added a little splash of chia tea. They turned out super yummy, I'm excited to try this recipe again with different juice-pulp 😄 Thank you very much! I haven't baked in forever, it was super fun!

Jun 3, 2020
Robin Frey

Hi Megan, That’s great!! So glad they turned out yummy 😄 thank you for sharing your substitutions with our readers, we appreciate it!

Jun 3, 2020
Sienna

So delicious! Icing was a bit runny, so I ended up doing 12oz of cream cheese and 3oz sugar in the end. Also found that 1 recipe makes 12 standard size cupcakes. I’ve made this recipe 3 times in 2 days because they are such a hit!

Apr 14, 2020
Robin Frey

Hi Sienna, So glad you enjoyed them! We did use a thick yogurt for this recipe, so that makes sense to do more cream cheese if needed! We will update the frosting ingredient amounts to reflect what is needed for a regular style yogurt that most people will use. And yes, good point, you can fill the standard tins more to get a larger cupcake instead of spreading it out more. I will add that to the tips section, thanks for your feedback!

Apr 14, 2020
Nancy Graham

Can I use orange pulp instead of carrot pulp?

Apr 8, 2020
Robin Frey

Hi Nancy, That sounds delicious, like an orange spice cake! We have not tried orange pulp with this recipe, but it will probably work out nicely! Let us know if you make it 😄

Apr 8, 2020
Ellen

Made these tonight. Didn't have apple sauce so I used more oil. They're perfectly delicious, thank you so much for the recipe!

Apr 3, 2020
Robin Frey

You're so welcome, glad you enjoyed them! Way to be resourceful with substituting the oil for applesauce 😄

Apr 3, 2020